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What lovely photographs.  It's great to see how other people's gardens evolve - spurs others on to try something and especially not feel obliged to  have to keep the 'shape' of a garden the same as it was before you took it over.  It's really cheering to see last year's photos at this time of the year when plans are formulating in your mind - gives me a real boost when the weather is holding everything back.  Slightly of topic, but does anyone have any photos of penstemon in the garden last year?  I planted a few very young ones which flopped all over the place and am not sure they ought to have been quite so straggly.  Have looked at lots of photos on the internet but still haven't figured out what I'm going to do with mine this year - where to place them to get better results and how to keep them more upright.  Sorry - rambling on.  Looking at photos sparks off so many things to think about for this year!  


Thank you all for the nice things you've said about my garden. It looks nothing like that at the moment! Snowdrops nearly over, daffodils not quite out, but there are a few helebores. Prunings and cut down dead stems all over the lawn!

We are all the same there lizzie.
I have just been down the garden to pick up pile, I couldn't stand looking at it anymore.

LeadFarmer, I see you've got a hedge (Leylandii?) on the left hand side of your garden. Do you find that lots very fine roots from this hedge grow out into your border and suck the goodness out of it? If so, what do you do against it or have you got a root barrier?

Jean Genie

I'm really enjoying this thread. All the pictures are lovely and I'm hoping mine will do well this year - weather permitting.

We have just had some new trellis fitted for my new bumble bee border that is all dug out and ready for planting. It looks a bit baldy at the momemt but I do have some Johnson's Blue hardy geranium in there which I've now split and some clematis on the other side of the trellis. There is also a new water feature getting installed so it all looks a bit of a miss-match at the moment but have started off a lot of seeds and plants to go in.

This was Durandi last year.

 The original border.

The baldy border.

But I've got BIG plans.





I'm enjoying it too, Jean. Love that clematis. One almost forgets what they are like at this time of year.

Bunny ...
What a lovely colour that clematis is ..I need one

Looking forward to the plans evolving ..

ooooooh i want that garden.


Thanks to all for posting pictures and making this work-some lovely gardens on here and out there-nice to see them all


Just hope everyone carries on this thread for a year, be interesting to look back, if we have time


 I know this isn't in my garden and its on my window cill, but I thought you would like to see my Amaryllis, this was taken in January and it just flowered it's socks off.

Bunny ...
That's lovely , I've never had one ... This year I think I shall .

I look forward to seeing the next stage in gardens /gardening .
Steve the Gardening Vet

A bit arrogant of me and slightly out of date but this is from 2011 when I really started work on the garden and turned it into what it is becoming instead of the long lawn and not much else!

Oakley Witch

Thank Geoff for posting my pics in the right place lol

Im loving the pics. Some stunning gardens. Given me a few ideas and looking forward to more pics. Well done everyone 

Bunny ...

Theyre still trying amongst the cold


Jean Genie

Bunny - they are lovely.

Brave little souls.


These are out in the conservatory





Lovely, Lyn. Is the bottom one "Apple Blossom"? It's so pretty.


Looks mighty chilly at your place.